Hello again ladies,
So on Wednesday me and my friend Cassie travelled down to Ellisons Academy based in Coventry to take a course in our shellac and minx training, the journey down was fairly pleasant as we decided we would take the easy route and pay for the toll which ended up us being 40 minutes early for our training (better to be early then late hay!).
Shellac is a brilliant product with brilliant technology- It can last up to 14 days on your fingernails and up to a month on your toe nails. It keeps its mirror shine without scuffing or denting. Each layer to your shellac manicure (base, two colour and topcoat) each get dried under a UV lamp allowing you to leave the salon with perfectly dried finger nails (so no awkwardly reaching into your handbag for your car keys and purse, also bonus for the therapist as she/he will not need to retouch your nails again) the basecoat took 10 seconds to dry and the two colour coats and top coat took 2 minutes to dry. Your therapist should also seal off the free edge of your nail first, before applying to the centre and sides to ensure the shellac does not peel off prematurely, this needs to be done on all four layers (shellac is unlikely to peal of early but anything to help it last longer).
Gemma also informed us that the UV lamp does not harm your skin or nails, The UV bulbs in the lamp only let off UVB rays so you will only damage your skin if your hands or feet are left under the lamp for a ridiculous length of time (burning will occur then, but most salon UV lamps are only programmed to work for up to 3 minutes) but no UVA rays so no horrible premature aging.
When it comes to soaking off your shellac you can either soak it straight into acetone for 10 minutes of use the CND soak off pads provided.
I chose to have the ‘wildfire’ colour.
Hope this post fills you with all the info you need and further questions or anything I may have missed to mention please don’t be afraid to ask.
Minx and microdermabrasion facial info coming soon.
My collection so far
Sealing off the free edge
Shellac and minx used to gether, this photo and nail art was done by cassie- here is a link to her website if you want to contact her to have some shellac and minxing done together (or separatly) vanitychicbeauty